President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has called upon Malawians to collaborate with his administration in being steadfast to deal with the current cholera crisis that continues to ravage the social order for months now.
Speaking on Sunday at Kamuzu Palace during his new year address to the nation, the Malawi leader said the country also needs good citizens to be vigilant against the threats that have the potential to compromise the security of our resources and our country.
“Chief among the threats you must all be vigilant against is the public health situation we are currently facing through the spread of Cholera, which has infected over 16,000 people and claimed over 550 lives,” he said.
Since assuming office President Chakwera has openly expressed his chagrin over wanton theft of public resources by office bearers, a situation that escalates existing problems and affects delivery of key public services.
The current cholera endemic which started in March last year has affected 27 of the country’s 29 districts.
There has been swift action by the Chakwera-led administration in containing the crisis through timely interventions.
On December 5 last year, President Chakwera declared the 2022 cholera outbreak a “Public Health Emergency” igniting a concerted response from local and international partners.
In the follow up, special clinics have been mounted to treat cholera patients and government through the Ministry of Health is administering cholera vaccines across the country.